London, Ont. community clean-ups cancelled, delayed due to novel coronavirus pandemic

While organizers say high water and storms have forced the Thames River Clean Up to reschedule many times over its 20-year history, the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced its outright cancellation for 2020.

Organizers of the annual event, which is normally held in late April in celebration of Earth Day, made the announcement on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, the organizers cannot ensure physical distancing and public safety during this year’s event,” wrote Todd Sleeper and Julie TerVrugt of Friends of the Thames in a statement.

Meanwhile, the City of London posted on its website that “the 2020 London Clean & Green program has been delayed until further notice.”

City officials say the announcement impacts all organized cleanups, as well as the supply of gloves and bags from the city or from London Clean and Green, and the collection of litter and garbage from cleanups by the city.

“This decision is based on the rules provided by the Province of Ontario such as the Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities and important healthcare advice about public gatherings from the Middlesex-London Health Unit,” the city stated on its website.

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